JUAN CARLOS A. PADILLA
Hi, I’m your 2017-2018 IRCM site representative! I’m a Ph.D. student in the lab of Éric Lécuyer at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). My research work centers on the recruitment of RNA species to Extracellular Vesicles, and their potential impact on disease and therapeutics. I was born in Honduras and raised in Belize, which as a result has shaped my identity into equal parts Central American and Anglo-Caribbean! Due to the multicultural nature of Belizean society, I grew up with a great sense of pride for diversity and inclusion, and I completely believe that our differences are our strength, as we can learn and become enriched by each other. This has ultimately driven me to be open-minded in all aspects of my life! I love learning about different people and cultures, and in each country that I visit, I try to immerse myself in the rich history and customs. My professional background began by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Belize (Class of 2012), which was then followed by moving to Mexico in 2013 to pursue a Master’s degree in Genomic Biotechnology at the Centro de Biotecnología Genómica of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Class of 2015). I am now happy to join the McGill University family here in Montréal, Canada!